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Ethiopian Organizations Learn How to Partner with USAID 

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USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Eleanor TanPiengco at the USAID Localization Forum, Addis Ababa, December 13, 2023. ( Courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa)

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa — Ethiopian development organizations know best how to solve Ethiopia’s unique set of development challenges.  That’s why on Wednesday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted more than one hundred Ethiopian partners in an interactive training session in Addis Ababa.  The forum was part of the agency’s initiative to increase the number of Ethiopian organizations who partner with USAID by 2025. 

For USAID, “localization” means putting Ethiopian actors in the lead, strengthening local systems, and responding to local communities.   In her 2021 speech on a “New Vision for Global Development,” USAID Administrator Samantha Power said, “If we truly want to make aid inclusive, local voices need to be at the center of everything we do.”  USAID aims to place local communities in the lead, which means USAID will increasingly engage with local organizations, communities, and actors to allow local voices to help guide our activity design, set priorities, drive implementation, or evaluate impact. 

At the forum, participants discussed the benefits of working directly with Ethiopian organizations and learned about USAID requirements for partnership on technical topics such as appropriation, activity design, finance, and more.  This forum was the first of several similar events that will be held in the upcoming year. 

USAID is devoted to the health, welfare, and prosperous future of the people of Ethiopia.  In 2022 alone, USAID invested more than $1.8 billion across the country in humanitarian and development aid.  Today’s announcement is another example of cooperation between the American people and the people of Ethiopia. 

To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   


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  1. Subject: “Ethiopian Organizations Learn How to Partner with US AID” , December 14, 2023

    Humble Commentary, 14 Dec 2023
    a) Very Interesting title!!
    b) The relationship between the good old USA and ancient country Ethiopia is so long that it may be infinity.
    c) To “Learn How” to “Partner with US AID” NOW is amazing and even leading to ‘some thing’ else!!!!
    d) The reader is left with mysterious amazement!?!?!?
    e) For sure, the Ethiopian People are left with amusement but NOT bewildered.
    f) Well, Well, Well—- as the French put it: “C’est la Vie” >>> INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    g) Or as the Good Old USA put it : “THAT IS THE WAY IT GOES” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I) Unfortunately, what is lagging is the eternal WELL KNOWN Ethiopian WISDOM, the envy of so many countries.!?!?!
    ———————-THE END ————————-

  2. Quote: ” USAID Administrator Samantha Power said, “If we truly want to make aid inclusive, local voices need to be at the centre of everything we do.” Unquote

    a). FANTASTIC!!!! Very Well said. Thank you, USAID Administrator Samatha Power.
    b). Your 20 – words advice is a gem
    c). In particular, I was impressed with your eight initial words. >>> “If we truly want to make aid inclusive”
    d). Fantastic!!!!
    e). It is in fact that the weakness of ALL AIDS TO UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES is exactly because all aids are NOT
    f). Aids from all quarters of the WORLD are really ‘ take-it or leave it’ — in addition to ‘something else’. behind the curtain —
    as all sorts of rumours go.
    g). Anyway, the Receiver Countries to the so-called free aids are not really equal partners with the proud giver of alms.
    h). Putting it in a cruel imaginary circumstance, it is like ‘ beggar being equal to Giver.’ !!!!!
    h). I better STOP.
    ———————THE END————————–


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